Christmas Challenge Progress

The other day I shared this Christmas Challenge we’re taking as a family to not spend one dollar on Christmas presents. Weird, I know.  You can read more here. This is not a challenge so we can brag about it.  The presents won’t be perfect, but there will be a lot of love and thought going into them. For example, last February I thrifted a crib dust ruffle.  I took it yesterday and made 2 ruffled aprons out of it. {Read More}

Sprouts Ava Pattern Review & Giveaway

I had the privilege of sewing up one of Trish Preston’s patterns this month.  When I received the pattern in the mail to review I was ecstatic.  I may have an obsession with handbags.  Today I’m sharing with you the Ava Pattern. Things I loved: A simple pattern to cut out (~1 hour) Easy to Understand Instructions.  (I suggest reading them all of the way through twice rather than once.) Things I changed/added: The ruffle across the front. embellishments on {Read More}

Mother’s Day Warning : If you give a sewing machine….

This a take off from If You Give a Pig a Pancake and others by Laura Numeroff.  The cutest books ever!  Even the Illustrations by Felicia Bond are just adorable.  Check them out and read them over and over to your kids/grandkids!   I wrote this in honor of my awesome husband last year as Father’s Day approached.  I’m pulling this out to share for Mother’s Day (ideas).  **wink, wink** If you give your mom a sewing machine, she’ll probably want {Read More}

Wind-Proof & Water Resistant Mittens Tutorial

Pin It  I put on my daughter’s mittens the other week & she preferred her baby mittens without the thumb that she wore the year before.  So, away she went outside and before I knew we had to go inside because her hands were so cold.  With that I began to think about wind-proof, water-proof items and PUL (a laminated, flexible fabric used for making cloth diapers) came to mind.  So, here goes a loose tutorial for you in we’ll {Read More}

Valentine Message Pillows Tutorial

I’m over at Inspired by Family Magazine today sharing a little somethin’ somethin’ for the day to celebrate those we love! You’ve got just over 2 weeks to get things cookin’! Check it out over here and let me know if you liked it!

From Shirt to Pants – Toddler Style

A quiet afternoon last week I had my cell phone in hand, kids fast asleep and no camera ready, so poor cell phone quality pics will tell the story.  The story of the faded Mountain Hardwear shirt to toddler pants.  The shirt was on a mannequin and faded in the store window.   A few snips…. A few thousand stitches….. And a pair of toddler pants my daughter actually asks to wear!    I love how the side of the {Read More}

Baby Harper

I had fun putting together a baby gift for a friend.  She’s due any day now and she said that she loved pink and purple for daughter number 2.  I dug into my Amy Butler stash that I’ve been hoarding and came up with this.  Originally I thought that I would piece together a quilt with a minky back, but I just couldn’t pass up (or cut up) this Amy Butler print.  It’s gorgeous on it’s own.  The only thing {Read More}